Jenny Oaks Baker

PROVO — Violinist Jenny Oaks Baker will perform music from her newest CD as a soloist with the Utah Valley Symphony in its family-friendly Christmas Concert.

The event marks her third appearance as guest soloist with the orchestra.

"O Holy Night," Baker's seventh album since 1998, landed at No. 7 on the national Billboard classical charts the first week of November, followed by Yo-Yo Ma at No. 8 and Joshua Bell at No. 9.

Selections from the album will include the traditional carol "What Child Is This?" Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," arrangements of "Hey Ho, Nobody Home" and "Coventry Carol" and Kurt Bestor's arrangements of "Bring a Torch," "I Saw Three Ships," "O Holy Night" and "Silent Night."

Also on the program are "Winter" from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" and Schubert's "Ave Maria."

Baker said the performances will be more "show" than concert, with the addition of dancers, special lighting and holiday decor. Her Utah Valley Symphony concerts are sandwiched between private and benefit performances in the area.

The youngest daughter of Dallin and June Oaks, Jenny was born in Provo while her father was president of BYU. An early start at age 4 on violin led to her first performance at age 8 as a youth soloist with the Utah Valley Symphony. She later earned a bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and a master's degree from the Juilliard School in New York City. She performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Utah Valley Symphony in 1998.

She has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Library of Congress, and guest soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Baker's CDs have sold more than 100,000 copies and garnered numerous Pearl awards from the Faith-Centered Music Association.

If you go . . .

What: Christmas Concert

Where: Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center, Provo

When: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4-6

Cost: $5/$25 family Tuesday; $10/$8 students Wednesday, Thursday

Phone: 852-7007